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U.S. Forest Service Increases its Firefighting Aircraft Fleet as Fire Season Begins

From the US Forest Serice

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will enter service in the coming weeks and support over 10,000 firefighters for the 2014 wildfire season.
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